A highlight of the summer exhibitions calendar, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presents Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy. This landmark exhibition explores one of the richest periods of artistic production in the subcontinent and illuminates many of the ideas and styles that continue to influence artists practising in the region today.
Another hot ticket for the summer months is Jamini Roy. From Tradition to Modernity. The Kumar Collection. The first museum exhibition dedicated to the pioneering Indian artist to take place outside of India, it opens on 13 June at the Museo delle Culture in Lugano, Switzerland. In neighbouring France, the Musée des Arts Asiatiques de Nice presents 8 Bengal Masters: Miracles of Existence, which features exceptional work by eight Indian modern masters including Meera Mukherjee, Ganesh Pyne, Paritosh Sen and Ganesh Haloi.
Calligraphic ‘Alam in the Shape of a Falcon, Golconda, 17th century. Perforated gilt copper. Victoria and Albert Museum, London © Victoria and Albert Museum. Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Autumn highlights include a Nasreen Mohamedi retrospective at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid which will travel to the Metropolitan Museum’s new Breuer building in 2016, a Tyeb Mehta exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, and the next stop on the travelling V.S. Gaitonde retrospective at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. In the same city, the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale showcases work by several South Asian artists both in the main exhibition and in various national pavilions, as well as My East is Your West, a special collateral project by the Gujral Foundation featuring artists Rashid Rana and Shilpa Gupta.
Christie’s summer auction of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art in London on 10 June includes masterpieces by several of these artists including V.S. Gaitonde and Tyeb Mehta, alongside important works by Amrita Sher-Gil, M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza, Rameshwar Broota, Bharti Kher and more.
Ganesh Haloi (b. 1936), Untitled, 2006. Gouache on paper. Image courtesy of Akar Prakar
Sultan ‘Ali ‘Adil Shah II Slays a Tiger, Attributed to the Bombay Painter (probably Abdul Hamid Naqqash), Bijapur, circa 1660. Ink, opaque watercolour, gold, and probably lapis-lazuli pigment on paper. The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
Jamini Roy (1887–1972), Blue Figure with Parrot. Gouache on canvas. © Museo delle Culture, Lugano / Kumar Collection
Rashid Rana (b. 1968), Anatomy Lessons III, 2011–2012. 12 channel video on 12 monitors. Image courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery, London
V.S. Gaitonde (1924–2001), Painting No. 6, 1962. Oil on canvas. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Main image at top: Shilpa Gupta (b. 1976), Untitled, 2014. Photograph. Courtesy of Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins
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